NFL Draft 2011: Cam Newton, Patrick Peterson & Others to Attend Draft Activities

Ivan BliminseCorrespondent IApril 11, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Cameron Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers looks on during their game against the Oregon Ducks during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It was announced today that 20 NFL draft prospects will be attending Times Square, Broadway, Harlem and on Wall Street to be involved in activities surrounding the draft.

The event will be called “The Debut" and is expected to take place Thursday and Friday nights.

According to a press release, "The Debut" is "The series of events is a celebration of legacy—of past, present and future football players coming together to honor those making the journey from prospect to professional." 

Here is the list of all 20 players, which is basically the full list of players who will be attending the draft:

Patrick Peterson, Cam Newton, AJ Green, top-rated linebacker Von Miller, Nick Fairley, Blaine Gabbert, Price Amukamara, Marcell Dareus, Mark Ingram, Julio Jones, Cameron Jordan, Ryan Kerrigan, Corey Liuget, Rahim Moore, Aldon Smith, Marvin Austin, Adrian Clayborn, Daniel Thomas, J.J. Watt and Robert Quinn.

On top of the draft prospects, current and former NFL stars will be attending the event to welcome the players to the NFL. 

Those names include: Eric Dickerson, Warren Moon, Marshall Faulk, Brandon Marshall, Dwayne Bowe, Sam Bradford, Maurice Jones-Drew, Dustin Keller, Felix Jones and more.

Also included at "The Debut" will be a fitness and skills clinic which will take place in Harlem. 

It should be a fun way to introduce the next crop of NFL stars to the league and get them used to the limelight.

Of course, no fancy dinners and clinics will bring the young players the joy that having their names called come draft day.